It's Wild in Minnesota: Big Changes in Store

GoucheCorrespondent IMay 6, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: The Minnesota Wild leave the ice after warmups prior to their game against the New York Islanders on March 25, 2009 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Wild, who got an early start on their offseason to do list, are apparently only weeks away from making a very important decision regarding the direction of their team.

Minnesota, who drastically underachieved this past season by finishing  ninth, two points out of a play-off spot, made a major move last month. They fired general manager, Doug Risebrough, who has had the job since the teams’ inception in 2000/01.

Since that time Minnesota, who will also have a new coach next season, has been busy interviewing and preparing a short list of  candidates, who are still strongly being considered.

A surprise name that is on the list of candidates is hockey analysis Pierre McGuire, who knows the league inside out; but has been in the broadcasting business with TSN for quite a few years. Even though he has an encyclopedic mind for hockey, a big question mark is whether—or not—he could make a smooth transition.

Other names being  bandied about, include Pittsburgh Penguins assistant general manager, Chuck Fletcher, who is supposed to be interviewed later this week.

Former Toronto Maple Leafs’ and Vancouver Canucks’ general manager and coach Pat Quinn, is said to be  a strong candidate. Also being considered are Nashville Predators’ assistant general manager, Paul Fenton and Tom Lynn, who is presently the assistant general manager with the Wild.